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Reaction to NHI proposals following the Minister’s comments today

By Neil Kirby, head of healthcare and life sciences law at Werksmans Attorneys   The Minister of Health has described the advent of national health insurance or NHI as the land issue in the healthcare sector.  Today, the Minister announced the introduction of two Bills to herald the introduction, into law, of the NHI. The two […]

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What gap cover doesn’t cover

With many hospitals and specialists charging multiple times the stipulated medical aid rates, gap cover has emerged as a way to protect consumers against significant medical expense shortfalls, with reasonable premiums of up to a few hundred rand per month for the more comprehensive offerings. (more…)

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Regard Budler, Managing Executive at Momentum Corporate Client Solutions

Changing the shape of group disability insurance

Group disability insurance in South Africa is highly commoditised. When purchasing group disability insurance, decisions are largely driven by price in many cases. While premiums for this highly-valued employee benefit have increased over the last two years, in order to unlock the real value of group disability benefits, employers and their financial advisers need to […]

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Smoking not only burns your health, it burns your wealth too

World No Tobacco Day, celebrated on 31 May, is an initiative aimed at creating awareness on the impact tobacco has on cardiovascular health worldwide. Tobacco use is an important risk factor to heart disease, strokes and peripheral vascular disease. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, are an expensive habit on your general health (both as an […]

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Tony Singleton

Understanding the essential terms: co-payments, sub-limits, and non-DSPs

By Tony Singleton, CEO at Turnberry While it’s easy for some of these technical terms to wash over us, understanding the structure of your Medical Aid and Gap Cover is a critical aspect of managing your family’s medical and financial affairs. Some of the least-understood, but most important terms, are co-payments, sub-limits and non-DSP Hospital […]

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Introducing Vitality Move

It is estimated that nearly half (48.7%) of South Africans with hypertension have never been screened and therefore remain undiagnosed and unaware of their increased risk for heart disease and strokes. Similarly, estimates indicate that around 1.58 million South Africans have undiagnosed diabetes that, if left untreated, can lead to nerve and kidney damage as […]

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Professor Sylvester Chima, Associate Professor and Head of the Programme of Bio and Research Ethics and Medical Law,  University of KwaZulu-Natal

Medical malpractice litigation undermining SA’s health system

In what South African Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has described as an ‘explosion’, medical malpractice litigation claims in the country have increased dramatically over the past few years, with warnings that the compassion-based practice of medicine is being replaced by defensive medicine and mistrust. (more…)

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Minister Motsoaledi endorses medical schemes regulator’s new plan for the NHI

Statement issued by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS). It is all systems go for the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) following the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi’s endorsement of the regulator’s new plan for operation in the National Health Insurance (NHI) environment. Addressing the CMS staff, Minister Motsoaledi applauded the regulator for the proactive […]

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